The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson Review

I would recommend a quick glance at the wikipedia article about this book before you begin it. There is a great summary there of where and how the alternate telling diverges from real events. I didn’t do this before I started reading, and I spent a lot of the book wondering about fact and fiction. About the Book In short, it tells the tale of the trajectory of the world if the computer age came in the 1800’s. The political structures all over the world are deeply effected by Charles Babbage’s completion of his mechanical computers (called Analytical Engines) in 1824. There are numerous references to … Continue reading The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson Review

Steampunk Emporium book review

Steampunk Emporium cover
Steampunk Emporium cover

Introduction
Steampunk Emporium is a “How-To” book written by Jema Hewitt who is arguably better known by her alter ego Emilly Ladybird. The book shows aspiring steampunk creators how to make their own “jewellery, devices and cogs” from a variety of materials. The list price is $27.99 USD (£17.99) although I found one online for as little as $16.79 (£10.79). Continue reading “Steampunk Emporium book review”